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Twitter bans fake porn videos with celebrity face swaps

Fake porn videos featuring face-swapped celebrities, often referred to as “deepfakes,” have been banned from Twitter. 

The social media platform has become the latest to ban the videos, in which celebrity women like Gal Gadot, Taylor Swift, and Maisie Williams have been face-swapped with porn performers using AI that makes it all look way too realMotherboard first reported the ban on the porn “deepfakes,” which has since been confirmed by Twitter.

SEE ALSO: A guide to ‘deepfakes,’ the internet’s latest moral crisis

Twitter told Mashable that the videos violate the company’s policy, which states, “You may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent. Read more…

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The robots of CES are a joke

The robots of the future are, well, still figuring things out.

That was the overwhelming takeaway from CES, the world’s largest tech convention, held this past week in Las Vegas. From a laundry-folding bot that couldn’t fold laundry, to an AI-powered helper that refused to help, to an in-home mechanical maid that kept dropping stuff, the dream of robotic friends making our lives easier is clearly a long way off. 

SEE ALSO: The biggest trend at CES was sleeping through CES

But apparently no one bothered to communicate that fact to the exhibitors and companies showcasing their latest contributions to the technology-fueled utopian delusion that is CES. Both corporate behemoth and niche manufacturer alike demoed a series of robots that, while (for the most part) slickly packaged, failed to deliver on their core promise — whatever it happened to be.  Read more…

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Google fires another shot at Amazon with four new ‘smart displays’

Google declared war against Amazon’s voice assistant, Alexa, at CES 2018, and the search giant just fired another shot in the direction of the world’s biggest online retailer.

Google announced in Las Vegas that it will be taking on Amazon with four new products that use the Google Assistant and — crucially — include a screen.

Dubbed “smart displays,” the new devices will respond to voice commands to the Google Assistant and will pull up relevant information for you on the screen, similar to the Amazon Echo Show.

For example, if you wanted to search for a YouTube video, you’d just say, “Hey, Google. Show me ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ on YouTube.” The device would then pull up the video and begin playing it. Read more…

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Samsung really wants you to start talking to your fridge

Samsung is still finding ways to pack more features into perhaps the least exciting thing in your house: your refrigerator.

The tech giant announced today at CES a new version of its smart refrigerator that now includes voice controls, AKG speakers, and smart home integrations. 

SEE ALSO: LG Electronics says, ‘Screw it!’ and puts AI in everything

The new Samsung Family Hub refrigerator has many of the same options as the original 2016 model, but adds a bunch of entertainment and smart home controls. Now, you can use the fridge to operate smart home products using Samsung’s Bixby voice assistant. Read more…

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Amazon is bringing Alexa voice controls to your car, even when it’s offline

Amazon’s voice-controlled digital assistant, Alexa, may soon have a new home: your car.

The online retail giant announced today at CES 2018 that a partnership with Panasonic will bring its Alexa voice assistant to in-car infotainment systems. 

The new interface, Alexa Onboard, works with Panasonic’s in-car infotainment Skip Generation IVI platform, announced at CES 2017.

SEE ALSO: LG Electronics says, ‘Screw it!’ and puts AI in everything

Alexa Onboard essentially makes it easier for drivers to use the Alexa assistant in their home on products like the Amazon Echo, and then move to their cars with all the same functions. Read more…

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Google declares war against Alexa and Siri at CES 2018

It’s an artificial intelligence showdown.

This year at CES, the world’s largest electronics trade show (running Jan. 9-12), thousands of companies will travel to Las Vegas to show off their newest products and build new partnerships. But this time around, one exhibitor stands out from the rest: Google.

SEE ALSO: 7 tech trends that will rule CES 2018

It’s the first time in many years that Google will have its own, large, standalone booth in the middle of the convention center. But the search giant has gone far beyond buying space on the showroom floor. It’s also commissioned several large advertisements around the city, including one you simply can’t miss. Read more…

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How to build your own robot for $50

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SunFounder’s newest robotics learning kit, the SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit, lets you do build and program your own robots and will basically make all your childhood dreams come true. No biggie. 

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The kit, which goes by the name of Sloth, is compatible with both the included SunFounder Nano board or an Arduino board if you’ve already been tinkering around with one of those. Learn robotics programming as you make Sloth use its two legs to walk, kick, or even dance. It’s equipped with an HC-SR04 ultrasonic landing module, so Sloth can even detect and avoid obstacles. And yes, the kit comes with absolutely all the tools you need, so you don’t have to figure it out on your own. Read more…

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Nvidia just released the most insanely powerful graphics processor ever made

Nvidia just announced the Titan V, the most powerful graphics processing unit (GPU) of all time. 

This isn’t the type of graphics card your gamer friends all bought on Black Friday, either. This is a graphics card powerful enough for use on research in artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

SEE ALSO: Nvidia’s AI machine generates fake faces from celebrity images

The GPU contains 21.1 billion (yes, billion) transistors, and delivers 110 teraflops of horsepower, 9 times that of any other Nvidia processor. For perspective, the Xbox One X delivers only six teraflops, and that was really impressive when it was announced earlier this year. Read more…

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Russia’s best troll ‘Jenna Abrams’ is back with an incredible blog post about AI and the Matrix

Remember Jenna Abrams? The fake Twitter account that fooled pretty much every news outlet in America (including Mashable) on behalf of the Internet Research Agency, a Russian propaganda farm? 

SEE ALSO: That moment you learn you’ve been yelling at a Russian troll

Well, despite being banned from Twitter, Jenna Abrams lives in a blog — you guessed it, it’s https://jennabrams.wordpress.com. The latest entry attempts to drag us in a dizzying hellscape of self-doubt, making us question the basic fabric of our reality. 

“My fellow Americans! Yes it’s me, your beloved Jenna Abrams, yeah, The Jenna Abrams. Did you miss me? I know. I missed you too,” she said in the first line of her post, ironically (?) entitled “Our Democracy Has Been Hacked”. Read more…

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